{Recipe} “To Your Health & Wellness Salad” is Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

To Your Health and Wellness Salad recipe from RedWhiteandGrew.com


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There are mornings when I struggle to eat right but an egg-white omelette, steel-cut oatmeal or gluten-free granola won’t cut it. I crave something fresh, green and both sweet and savory.

This salad fits all those qualifications and can be made and refrigerated for a day or two. I enjoy it for breakfast and again at dinner. At each meal I add two, high-quality, low-in-saturated fat proteins. Grilled chicken is great as are almonds, fat-free feta, and good quality reduced fat cheddar. It’s wonderful drizzled with lime juice, but low-fat dressings (sweet or savory) are fab, too.

The inspiration for this recipe is a blended drink recipe in Dr. Ridha Arem’s marvelous book, The Thyroid Solution Diet. I discovered last fall as I continued to work on healing my body in the wake of Graves’ disease and the thyroid storm I experienced in late 2013. The book helped me relearn what to eat (whole foods) after a couple of years just eating “to get by” or feeling so zapped by my raging hormones that I’d eat anything.

Good nutrition is vital for all of us, but most especially for those of us with chronic diseases like Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s. It’s become a cliche that weight fluctuations are a challenge for thyroid patients, yet often there are real problems resulting from hormones, genes, environment, and patterns of behavior that lead us to junk food and fast food. Even though I knew about and practiced eating healthily before I got sick, I learned firsthand that illness can zap your ability to act upon what you know.

I liked the original drink recipe okay but am not a huge fan of green goo. I like texture when I eat, and the salad incorporates both Dr. Arem’s original ingredients plus a couple more of my own.

I hope you’ll try it, tinker with it, and share with me what works for you. Use organic and locally grown produce as much as you can and, most importantly, enjoy!


2-4 cups baby spinach (depending on how “leafy” you want it)
2 cups diced cucumbers
1 stalk celery finely cut
8 strawberries, quartered
1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup loosely chopped parsley
4 olives (kalamata, green, or both)

Juice of one lime

In a large bowl with a lid, mix everything except lime juice which should be applied only just prior to serving. Reserved juice can be used alone or with another dressing.


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{April Giveaway} An Early Mother’s Day Present that The Whole Family Will Love

UPDATE: Congrats to Rachel, this month’s winner!

April 2014 Cosmic Stars & Moon Campfire Ring giveaway on RedWhiteandGrew.com


We’re heading into that time of year branded by retailers in honor of Moms, Dads, and Grads. With all of that celebration (and shopping) comes a slow down in family downtime at the very moment in the year where most Americans can enjoy the outdoors. Not too hot. Not too cold.

Yes, the month of May is Goldilocks perfect.

This spring, and once again with the help of the very nice people at Serenity Health & Home Decor, I’ve got a present that will give one lucky reader a great excuse to cozy up in the great outdoors with the family to toast marshmallows, stargaze, or just enjoy the warm glow of firelight.

The Cosmic Stars and Moon Campfire ring is portable which means you can take it to a campsite or use in your yard. (It goes without saying that you should follow all local and federal laws re: open fires, right?)

Since Mother’s Day is first on the calendar, this giveaway is named in honor of Moms–although Dads, Grads and all other residents of the Continental United States are welcome to register.

To register for a chance to win the Cosmic Stars and Moon Campfire ring, please leave a comment describing how, where and with whom you might enjoy sharing some quality time around the fire. (Good karma comes to people who share this links to this post on social media services, too.)

Deadline for entry is 5pm Central Time on Friday, April 11, 2014. The winner, selected at random, will be contacted via email the following week.

Good luck!

FTC Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for this giveaway either in cash, in-kind gifts, or through affiliate links.


Cosmic Stars & Moon Campfire Ring from Serenity Health and Home Decor is the April 2014 giveaway on RedWhiteandGrew.com


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